3A Preseason Breakdown
By Carter Mansfield
Alcoa has dominated 3A for years, and have currently won six consecutive state titles in the class. The Tornadoes seem to be the favorite once again, but there are several very good programs that could pose a threat to Alcoa’s streak of dominance, including Covington and East Nashville. In this breakdown, we’ll be looking at contenders for the state title, along with my Mr. Football pick, our website’s preseason Top 15 rankings, some of the biggest games of the upcoming season, and our website’s preseason all-state team.
Contenders: Alcoa, East Nashville, Covington
Dark Horses: Pigeon Forge, Loudon, Stewart County
State Championship Pick: Alcoa over Covington
3A is one of the deepest classes when it comes to Mr. Football candidates in 2021. We’re going to go with Will Page of Stewart County. Page was a semifinalist for the award last year, and will be taking an even heavier offensive load in 2021. Stewart County will also be one of 3A’s top teams in 2021.
Mr. Football Pick: Will Page, Stewart County, QB
Preseason Top 15 Team Rankings
3. East Nashville
5. Stewart County
6. Pigeon Forge
9. White House
13. Memphis East
15. Giles County
Stateoftennesseehsfb.com’s Preseason 3A All-State Team
QB: Caden Buckles, Alcoa, Sr.
QB: Keaton Harig, Loudon, Sr.
QB: Jacob Dooley, Waverly, Sr.
RB: Chaye McElroy, Giles County, Sr.
RB: Jamarion Dowell, Covington, Jr.
RB: Ranen Blackburn, White House, Sr.
WR: Amarion Sizemore, Giles County, Sr.
WR: Reese Cole, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Sr.
WR: Isaiah Bryant, Alcoa, Sr.
WR: Terrance Elder, Ripley, Sr.
TE: Donivon Thomas, Brainerd, Jr.
OL: Lance Williams, Alcoa, Jr.
OL: Tyler Jeffries, Alcoa, Jr.
OL: Taylan Fletcher, East Nashville, Sr.
OL: Devin Lejsek, White House Heritage, Sr.
OL: Donte Gillard, Douglass, Sr.
ATH: Will Page, Stewart County, Sr.
ATH: Morgan Jean, Fairview, Sr.
K: Pete Sesterhenn, Signal Mountain, Jr.
DL: Chazell Adkins, East Nashville, Sr.
DL: Demetrius Locklin, Brainerd, Jr.
DL: Josh Mingle, Cannon County, Jr.
DL: Caleb Wolfe, Pigeon Forge, Jr.
LB: Cristian Barbee, Covington, Sr.
LB: Major Newman, Alcoa, Sr.
LB: Sawyer Phillips, Giles County, Sr.
LB: Pierce Scholato, White House, Sr.
DB: AC Mason-Young, Covington, Jr.
DB: D’Arco Perkins-McCallister, Stratford, Sr.
DB: Talijah Witt, Brainerd, Sr.
DB: Hassan Alsultani, Pigeon Forge, Jr.
P: Esteban Mendoza, Unicoi County, Jr.
Key Games Between 3A Programs
No Games Between 3A Programs
Northview Academy at West Greene
Gatlinburg-Pittman at Alcoa
Raleigh-Egypt at Bolton
West Greene at Claiborne
Brainerd at Kingston
Sequatchie County at Cannon County
East Nashville at Stratford
Stewart County at Fairview
Bolton at Dyersburg
Gatlinburg-Pittman at Loudon
Alcoa at Pigeon Forge
Jackson County at East Nashville
White House at Waverly
Ripley at Covington
Memphis East at Hamilton
Stewart County at Waverly
Hamilton at Douglass
Brainerd at Loudon
Fairview at White House
Covington at Dyersburg
Douglass at Trezevant
Memphis East at Douglass
Chuckey-Doak at Claiborne
Giles County at Sequatchie County
White House at Stewart County
Hamilton at Trezevant
Trezevant at Memphis East
West Greene at Chuckey-Doak
Pigeon Forge at Gatlinburg-Pittman
Loudon at Kingston
Giles County at Cannon County
Stratford at Jackson County
Waverly at Fairview
Covington at Bolton
Dyersburg at Ripley